ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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CRIME AND POLITICS-Diversionary Tactics

Limits of Patch-Work THE assassination of the Punjab chief minister. Beam Singh, carries a lesson which goes beyond the narrow concerns for security of VIPs. The more fundamental issue of how to deal with armed militancy that is rooted in popular grievances has resurfaced. The bomb that killed Beant Singh has also blown to smithereens the assiduously cultivated myth that unfettered strong-arm tactics are enough to finish off insurgency in any part of the country. K P S Gill, the Punjab director general of police, who has been the main architect of this myth, was given a free hand by Beant Singh as demanded by him. Gill and the chief minister have been patting each other on the back all these months claiming that peace had returned to the strife-torn state. But Thursday's event proved that it was a deceptive peace.

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